Given that the leading cause of death among cyclists is head wounds, it would be, to put it mildly, ill-advised to not wear a helmet when riding a bike. Choosing not to wear a helmet can increase your chances of suffering a serious brain injury which can negatively shape the rest of your life. Accident Advice Helpline has compiled a list of three reasons why you should always be wearing a helmet when cycling on roads.
Three reasons why wearing a helmet when cycling on roads is important
- It goes without saying, but brain damage is no joke. People who suffer brain damage are forced to live completely different lives afterwards and often have to cut back on other expense as medical bills force their cost of living up. Should the accident be someone else’s fault, you are due compensation for your injuries. Take a 30-second test to find out now.
- Not only does brain damage affect you, but it affects those around you. If you suffer brain damage, there is very little chance of you being able to lead a normal life and it is likely that your family will need to look after you in some capacity.
- It will save your life. If you are in an accident and you land on your head without a helmet, your chances of survival are very slim. Wearing a helmet, which is designed to absorb the shock, will allow you to walk away from the incident and tell the story.
Why it’s particularly important to wear a helmet on the road
Mountain bikers and those who ride on trails are less likely to come into contact with as many variables as a common commuter. Although the terrain on trails is significantly more challenging, there aren’t cars or pedestrians. Mountain bikers should wear helmets due to the elements they experience when cycling. Any hit to the head can cause catastrophic injury, therefore it is important to protect yourself always when on a bike, whether this is on the road or mountain.
If you have been knocked over by a car or a pedestrian walked across the road without looking and you were hurt in the collision, you might have been entitled to compensation. Call us on our helpline which is active 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile phone on 0333 500 0993. We operate on a no-win, no-fee* basis and are recommended by Dame Esther Rantzen.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice